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Taxi Drivers Must Provide Yearly Abstract

Taxi and limo drivers in Woodstock will need to start providing yearly driver's abstracts after a bylaw amendment.

WOODSTOCK - Woodstock City Council has amended the bylaw which states the requirements of taxi and limo drivers in the city. 

Drivers will need to supply their employers with driver's abstracts on an annual basis starting when they renew their licences in 2017.

City Clerk Amy Humphries tells Heart FM why they decided to add this to the bylaw.

"In some conversations with the different brokers in town, we've realized that although abstracts are maybe checked when drivers are first hired that's not necessarily something that's been happening on an annual basis as that moves forward."

Humphries says the drivers will be able to get their abstracts through the city thanks to an agreement with the Ministry of Transportation.

"We've asked council to introduce a $5 fee so that we can look that up, it will be an administrative type fee. The drivers can still obviously get a driver abstract from Service Ontario but this allows them an option for a little less money."

The bylaw also states taxi and limo drivers cannot have more than 9 demerit points on their licence.

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